The Hornets golf team made the kind of move that makes coaches smile Saturday in the second round of the Magnolia Shoot-out Classic at High Meadow Ranch Golf Club.
Four of Huntsville’s varsity boys improved greatly their scores from the first day to the second and the Hornets made a huge climb up the team leader board, going from 14th after day one to seventh in the final round.
Huntsville shot 342-308 for a 650 total.
“We made a 34-shot improvement and I’m really pleased with that,” Hornets coach Marcus Evans said following his team’s first tournament of the spring. “We had four scores in the 70s today.
“The Woodlands won the team title, but they were the only team to outscore us today. Montgomery’s teams finished ahead of us overall, but we posted a better score today.”
Huntsville senior Cody Sammons shot a 77 on Saturday after turning in an 83 in the first round. Sophomore Cory Sammons shaved five strokes off his first-round 83 Saturday.
Sophomore Grant Nelson played well, too. After turning in an 89 Friday, Nelson fired a 75 for his career-low tournament round.
Senior Murray Gould pulled off the same kind of feat, shooting his career-best tournament score of 78 Saturday after a 93 in the first round.
Sophomore Babe Mishler made a marked improvement in his score, as well. He turned in an 82 Saturday after shooting 87 in the opening round.
“Yesterday was our first round of the spring and there was a lot of rust,” Evans said. “The encouraging thing is we came back and played so well today. The guys showed a lot of character by coming back and playing well.”
Getting four, possibly five, scores in the 70s will make Huntsville tough to beat later this spring.
“Obviously, if this team is to evolve and compete for a spot at the state tournament again, we need four scores in the 70s,” Evans explained. “The new guys in our lineup, if they can contribute like they did today, we’re going to be pretty strong again.”
Evans said it was nice to see the Hornets correct the mistakes they made from one round to the next, especially on the course where the District 18-4A tournament will be held in April.
“They found out when they missed the fairways yesterday that there’s no room for error,” Evans said. “We did a much better job today positioning the ball off the tee. We also hit more greens. We stayed out of trouble and gave ourselves more chances to score by hitting more greens.
“Definitely, we learned a lot in this tournament.”
The Hornet boys will be back in action in two weeks, playing in the Dodson-Evans Memorial at Pine Forest Golf Club in Bastrop.
The Lady Hornets get their spring season started Friday and Saturday when they travel to South Texas to play in a tournament in Victoria.